The House finally passed a sweeping health care reform bill last night:
"The House voted 219 to 212 to approve the measure, with every Republican voting no. The measure now awaits President Obama's signature. In remarks Sunday night, he said that the vote 'proved that we are still capable of doing big things. We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues erupted in cheers and hugs as the votes were counted, while Republicans who had fought the Democratic efforts on health-care reform for more than a year appeared despondent."
Now, it's the Senate's turn: "The year-long battle over reshaping more than one-sixth of the U.S. economy will now move across the Capitol. The House's approval of the Senate's version of health-care legislation, which President Obama expects to sign into law swiftly, also will send to the Senate a 153-page package of amendments to that legislation. There, Democrats will implement an obscure, but commonly used, reconciliation rule to try to pass the revisions based on a simple majority and avoid a Republican filibuster."
The top 10 immediate benefits.
Watch Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Steny Hoyer speak following the bill's passage, AFTER THE JUMP…